Technology Merging With Creative Processes

Art work from Herron’s 2013 Undergraduate Student exhibition, printed with a 3-D printer; A Stratasys Objet 30 3-D printer; detail from a bench created by then Herron graduate student Vincent Edwards using a CNC router; an EZ Router CNC router.

Technology and traditional creative processes are merging in Herron School of Art and Design’s Think It Make It Lab, a new space that will help students become better informed about the broad applications of design, production and fabrication in a variety of fields.

“We are so excited at the prospect of providing a collaborative environment for research and experimentation at the intersection of art, design, technology and culture,” Herron Dean Valerie Eickmeier said. “Centers like this are common in Silicon Valley, but there are few housed in schools of art and design and they are scarce in the Midwest.”

The new lab promotes the creative use of new technologies in a collaborative environment for research and experimentation. It expands Herron’s ability to educate students on concept design and prototyping using a variety of digital fabrication methods.